Watching the tornado coverage of Joplin, MO has been, well, sobering, to say the least. To see the place I grew up in reduced to rubble has been incredibly difficult to imagine.
But the most unbelievable thing has to be the amount of immense raw power that was unleashed in the storm. How the wind can literally lift trucks and buildings some 18,000 feet in the air before twisting and crumpling them and firing them back to the earth is beyond my understanding.
The clean-up will be long and the rebuilding will be hard but I’m reminded of Jesus’ words, “With human beings this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Ephesians 1:18-20 says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…”
The power of a storm has nothing on the power of God.
The pictures below are from the aftermath of the Joplin tornado…
- The first is my brother-in-law’s house. They rode out the storm in a bathtub and crawled out through a hole in the rubble.
- The second is of a local hospital that was directly in the path of the storm.
- The third is a major thoroughfare, looking toward what was once a thriving shopping area including a Home Depot.
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